Football, Friends, and Family

Let’s take a moment to step away from Italy.  I promise we’ll return…and up next will be the Colosseum and more about the Gladiators!  I just wanted to share one of the biggest joys of being back in the States again!  For the first time, our oldest son had an opportunity to play football and he loved it.  The truth is, we all loved it. It was made all the more special, however, when his grandparents (who live 12 hours away in Pennsylvania) surprised him by showing up at the last game… Read More


Reflections: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord Almighty.” ~ Zech 4:6. I have never feared traveling, but with four dear children now in tow, that has changed quite a bit. In moments of doubt and fear, this verse has encouraged our hearts. We recognize that we are not alone and we take comfort in knowing it’s through His strength and protection we can go out.

14 Days

14 DAYS: The days are flying quickly and we are at the two week mark. There’s so much left to do. We purchased our backpacks and the last one finally arrived this weekend. Now we turn our attention to the task of packing up our home. I started to do this in earnest yesterday and now remember why I always started this task 2-4 months prior to moving! But…like a wedding, no matter how much is left to do, we are confident it will get done. This is a photo we took at… Read More